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Past, Present and Future Worlds: Science Fiction Themes in Literature and Film

From Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein in 1818 onwards science fiction has explored the relationship between technology, society and the individual. It has been described as the history of humanity’s changing attitude to space and time. It reflects our changing knowledge of the universe and our position within it through literature, film and all forms of popular culture. The course will look at this genre through a series of themes such as time and space travel. COURSE OUTLINE From... [More]

Nazism: Rise and Success, 1923-1939

How did the Nazis come to power in Germany? How did they consolidate their success? What really were Nazism’s goals and how did they realise them in peacetime before World War II? This course seeks to examine these and other questions, with attention both to how people lived in Germany under Nazism and to the ways historians have studied and explained it. We shall study propaganda materials, art and architecture, and film, dealing both with propaganda and with historical fact. A... [More]

A Study of World War II: Specific Purpose Groups and Organisations - Part 2

Throughout the dark years of World War II, citizens and soldiers of various nations formed groups and organisations for specific purposes related to the war. Some groups were involved in clandestine operations which involved espionage, resistance and sabotage. Others were active in the defence of their homelands in organisations commissioned by their governments, while others operated secretly and quite independently of any government authority or military forces. The strategic... [More]

Concepts of Modern Art

As public interest in modern art continues to grow, there is a need for a place that is engaging, offering not only information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining its contemporary relevance and history. We will navigate through time, discovering artistic styles that define Modern Art from Picasso and Matisse to Chagall, Pollock, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Mondrian and so much more. COURSE OUTLINE 1880 – 1900 / Post Impressionism, Art Nouveau: Post-Impressionism encompasses a... [More]

English Poetry: The Elizabethans to the Late Romantics

This course offers a unique experience of the range of English Poetry: from the towering rhetoric of Elizabethan revenge drama – Chapman, Kyd, Marlowe and finally Shakespeare; through the flights of imagination of the great Romantics – Keats, Shelley, Wordsworth and Tennyson; to the late Romantic experiments in texture of Swinburne, Thompson and others that culminated in the originality with which Hopkins forged his amazing language. SUGGESTED READING Boris Ford, ed. Pelican Guide... [More]

A History of Aboriginal Political Thought

This course concentrates on Aboriginal political perspectives since 1788. It deals with Aboriginal readings of the state and its role in people’s lives which at times incorporates non – Aboriginal people as well. Influences drawn on and rejected are discussed as well as Aboriginal analyses of history. It relies on printed and some documentary sources. SUGGESTED READING Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus, The Struggle for Aboriginal Rights: A Documentary History, Sydney, 1999 H.... [More]

Britain After Rome: The Rise of the Anglo Saxons

In 410 AD the Roman Emperor Honorius told a delegation of pleading Britons that they had to look to their own defences against marauding Germanic tribes. The Romans had enough problems of their own. After almost 400 years of rule, Rome abandoned its once treasured province, Britannia. The history of Britain fell into a Dark Age for two centuries. This darkness is gradually being dispelled by new archaeological discoveries that are shining a light on this ‘dark age’ of the British... [More]

Shakespeare's Villains

Dissect the great evildoers of Shakespeare’s canon: Iago, Edmund, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, alongside the more problematic cases of Shylock and Hamlet. Debate the nature of ‘evil’ in the context of the playwright who penned 'There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.' Find out why these villains have become archetypes with enduring relevance. Learn about cataclysmic Elizabethan and Jacobean events that shaped their concept of evil, and compare Jacobean and... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Shakespeare's Villains

<p>Dissect the great evildoers of Shakespeare’s canon: Iago, Edmund, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth, alongside the more problematic cases of Shylock and Hamlet. Debate the nature of ‘evil’ in the context of

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Our Atmospheric Environment: Air Pollution, Ozone and Climate Change

Air pollution, ozone depletion, and climate change are all consequences of the changing composition of our atmosphere, primarily as a result of human actions. In this course we will learn about the basic science which governs our atmosphere, its weather and climate, as well as the complex interactions which can amplify climate change. The physics of radiation also underpins how satellites are used to provide invaluable data for both weather forecasting and climate studies. COURSE... [More]
$185 Limited inc GST / $167
Our Atmospheric Environment: Air Pollution, Ozone and Climate Change

<p>Air pollution, ozone depletion, and climate change are all consequences of the changing composition of our atmosphere, primarily as a result of human actions. In this course we will learn about the

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Russian Literature in Translation: Pushkin, Turgenev and Tynianov

Explore in this course three of Russia’s greatest writers, beginning with Pushkin, the outstanding poet and short-story writer who has remained Russia’s most-loved author. We will then study several of the shorter novels of Turgenev, the most westernized of the 19th century Russian writers. The course will conclude with a study of the very witty and satirical work of Tynianov, an under-appreciated writer who worked in Soviet Russia. SUGGESTED READING Pushkin, Eugene Onegin Pushkin,... [More]
$224 Limited inc GST / $202
Russian Literature in Translation: Pushkin, Turgenev and Tynianov

<p>Explore in this course three of Russia’s greatest writers, beginning with Pushkin, the outstanding poet and short-story writer who has remained Russia’s most-loved author. We will then study

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